The decade may be closing by Subaru isn't winding down on the new car introductions. Within the span of three years, the Japanese automaker has rolled out five all-new models, and they've just added a sixth one.
That model is the second-generation Levorg, and on the surface, it's not just an Impreza wagon. It may be a 'Prototype' (Subaru's words, not ours), but this is largely what we can expect to see in showrooms in the near future.
One look at the front end and you can see Subaru going to great lengths distinguishing the next-generation Levorg from its sedan counterpart. The front, for instance, looks sharper than those of the Impreza, with its nose more pointed than the sedan. The bumper also has more defined edges, making the wagon even more aggressive. Also, that scoop on the hood gives you a hint as to what powers the Levorg.
Not only that, just about every panel you see is totally different from the Impreza, from the doors to the bumpers. The rear also gets the same bold treatment as the front with its defined lines and edges, while the lights are reminiscent of its big brother, the Outback.
That said, Subaru isn't revealing everything just yet. The interior is still under wraps, although we're expecting an almost identical look as the Impreza. However, do expect EyeSight to be available in the production model. Other technologies include a vehicle locator, handy when you're feeling lost in a huge car park, and connected services that includes an SOS function.
On to the engine and it's a totally new one for the Levorg. It's a turbocharged 1.8-liter boxer mill, hence the hood scoop. Again, Subaru isn't showing all their cards at the moment, but expect it to have more than the 1.6-liter turbo in the current model. As it stands, the 1.6-liter turbo makes 170 PS and 250 Nm of torque. 200 PS is wishful thinking, but 180 to 190 PS sounds more plausible. Symmetrical All-Wheel drive is, of course, a given.
But what about the 2.0-liter engine from the WRX? Subaru hasn't mentioned anything about it, at least for now. Given that the soon to be outgoing Levorg has that option, Subaru might just continue that with the new generation. That particular engine makes 268 PS and 350 Nm of torque.
The production version is set to be released during the second half of 2020, likely as a 2021 model.